Is there a person in your life who influences your writing and the time you spend writing?
If your answer is yes, is it a parent, child, relative or friend, and how does that influence affect your writing? If no, what impassions you to write?
I have many influences that have piqued my writing interest. William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to name a few. The time that I spend writing is uually influenced by my wife and kids. I have written hundreds of short stories, and now have a book published. My family keeps me focused because they want to see me succeed at something that I love to do.
An author and writing friend I had years ago when I was 18 told me that I must write because I was a writer. He said I had a view all my own and if I didn't write I would be unhappy.
I did not write for years but I loved how Jean Rhys wrote.
I still think she is one of the finest writers. I feel her vulnerability and fear in her clever, short sentences.
I did not write until recently (full time) and as my old friend predicted, I was always very unhappy about it, actually tortured by failure.
I do write now because I recognize that he was right. I am a writer and I may just have some years left in me to write.
I may never have begun if I had not been haunted by this man's words and his insistence.
About how much time I spend writing? I write for a few hours (at least) every day because I need to honor my profession - and my gift. And my dear old friend.
My response is a bit more personal than badegg's....my partner for life, Bev, is the biggest influence on my writing and a constant source of support.
My amazing husband! He is always so supportive, yet I can count on him for an honest critique. He supports me in doing the things I enjoy and encourages me. I think for me, it takes some pressure off, hearing his opinions and having his support. Great question!
My son once asked me; "Why don't you write that concept Mama? Share what you know." He is my inspiration and that is perhaps why he is included in my writings...of course my daughter too. They are both writers in their own right.
My wonderful children inspire me, and give me ideas, for my writing all the time. I write partially to leave something of myself to them, and future generations. I think I am going to write a hub about this, thank you for such a good question to write about.
My children influence my writing more than any other single source. They are my life, they are what I live for, they are my inspiration, and they are the most influential people in my life. read more
Yes, my long time girlfriend, Eva, is my inspiration fo my poems and she encourages me to write. Greg
There is always someone or something 'beautiful' that inspires us to create something 'that would reflect that beauty', let it be visual art or a piece of music or a piece of writing. My head is full 'of scattered images' of people dear to me, who are already dead or still alive, of pieces of art (a piece of music, a painting, a good book, an art movie, a theatre piece...), of places of nature...I have collected these images whole my life and when I put 'a pen on a paper' they come alive:)
My passion to write has been there for as long as I can remember. However, years ago my youngest son inspire me out of a kind of desperation (I mentioned this in a couple of my hubs). Now, I am just doing what I have always wanted to do.
I have several muses. My friends and my fiance have been huge inspirations to my writing. I know some of the most incredible people that I cannot imagine that others would not be inspired by them as well.
Here is a classic. real time influence that effects my writing to this day.
The following is half the rear cover of a book Lilith Eden (a fellow hubber) and I just published called "Treasure In Your Backyard" which is now available in bookstores, online bookstores, or direct from Authorhouse .com
The unlikely writing alliance between Lilith Eden and Craig Suits came about through a mutual membership in a highly prestigious blog site called Hubpages.com.
Mr. Suits explains that while reviewing new bloggers, he was attracted by Lilith's pretty face and went on to read a few of her submissions.
Captivated by her college-trained literary style, he commented on each of her blogs and she quickly responded.
They discovered and eerie similarity between two separate blogs each had written that caused conversation to bloom on one of the internet's video communication programs and the coalition was born.
One thousand miles and 46 years apart, Craig's field experience and Lilith's literary knowledge led to this first book as co-authors: "Treasure In Your Backyard."
They are currently working on a science fiction thriller, which they hope will make it to the big screen.
Pretty neat huh?
When I started writing it was actually because I could not sing or play an instrument as well as I desired. I was one of the millions of teens who got involved in a "Garage band" in the early 80's and I wrote lyrics to prove myself of worth to my "bandmates." Later, I wrote as a cathartic endeavor. Now, I write for the joy of writing. The time I am able to spend is actually limited by family as I am a wife, mother of two and have a full time career.
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